Post NFL Cuts: Where Are They Now (AFC)
The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, for those fantasy football enthusiasts. It's the start of the 2019 fantasy football season, we have been waiting months to have meaningful football bless us on our televisions and take us away from our families every Thursday, Sunday and Monday night. Owners in deep leagues have been trimming their rosters some cutting down from 70 players that they squirreled away over the summer months down to 50. Unfortunately with the start of the NFL season comes with the loss of over 1000 jobs, and dreams of young men coming to an end and questions of what comes next. With all that in mind we need to find out where players are going and how the moves affect your fantasy roster. Some players have moved on via trade, free agency, waivers and cuts.
Buffalo Bills - The Bills added receivers Cole Beasley (Cowboys) and John Brown (Ravens) via free agency to couple with late season star Robert Foster and Zay Jones. While the moves don't blow you away, they along with second year quarterback Josh Allen and rookie back Devin Singletary give the Bills a much improved offense. Speaking of the rookie back, the Bills also added Frank Gore and TJ Yeldon. With McCoy moving on (Chiefs) Gore adds a veteran presence than can still contribute as a flex starter week in and out.
Miami Dolphins - Wow, what a difference a week makes, if this was the worst roster in the NFL to begin with well now its the best roster in college football. The big additions on the Dolphins come in the quarterback room with Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bucs) and Josh Rosen ( Cardinals via trade) and with what's happened to the offensive line neither have much value this season. Notable addition through subtraction is Preston Williams (UDFA) who was the talk of the preseason and now with the departure of Kenny Stills (Texans) has a chance to contribute.
New England Patriots - The Patriots Will be getting Josh Gordon back (suspension) to help with the loss of Rob Gronkowski (retirement) as well as Demaryius Thomas (Texans). Thomas is coming of an achilles injury, in which he was able to come in and perform during week 4 of the preseason. The Pats also acquired Micheal Bennett (Eagles) to help with their pass rush.
New York Jets - The New York J-E-T-S made a splash in free agency with the acquisition of Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) who sat out the entire 2018 season looking to secure that bag. They also added Kelechi Osemele (Raides) and Ryan Khalil to improve that offensive line. That's not all, they also welcomed Jamison Crowder (Redskins) and Braxton Berrios (Patriots). Berrios is likely just a special teamer and returner. On the defensive side of the ball their other big splash free agent signings were CJ Mosley (Ravens) and Avery Williamson (IR Titans).
Baltimore Ravens - The biggest move for the Ravens was the signing of Earl Thomas (Seahawks) who will certainly put up some solid starts for the IDP enthusiasts. Mark Ingram (Saints) comes over from New Orleans and is an instant upgrade on Gus Edwards who is still with the team along with rookie back Justice Hill.
Cincinnati Bengals - There is little to report here, the Bengals welcome back a healthy for now Tyler Eifert but lost superstar AJ Green for at least the first 5 weeks of the 2019 campaign. In Greens absence look for Damion Willis (UDFA) to start opposite of Tyler Boyd.
Cleveland Browns - From a team that did nothing to a team that made some early noise with additions of Odell Beckham Jr (Giants), Kareem Hunt (FA/Chiefs) , and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (Vikings) and Oliver Vernon (Giants). The addition of Become Jr gives second year quarterback Baker Mayfield and explosive play waiting to happen every time he drops back and that's only going to help the rest of the offense Jarvis Kandry, Rashard Higgins, Nick Chubb and David Njoku.
Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers stuck with their homegrown approach and made minor moves after trading trading long time Steeler Antonio Brown, they went out and added Donte Moncrief (Jaguars) and a couple smaller additions to their defense in Mark Barron (Rams) and Steven Nelson (Chiefs).
Houston Texans - Houston was fairly quite early on but this last week they shook the league up, first they traded for Duke Johnson (Browns) to work in tandem with Lamar Miller but Miller suffered an ACL injury and was lost for the season. Then they went out and added Carlos Hyde (Chiefs), Hyde could factor in the goal line game. Then just the other day they sold the farm ( a bunch of draft capital) and added LT Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills (Dolphins). Tunsil will protect the blindside of Watson and the addition of Stills and Johnson along with Fuller, Hopkins and Coutee give the Texans some options in the passing game.
Indianapolis Colts - The Colts were dealt a devastating franchise altering type blow as quarterback Andrew Luck retired after years of getting beat up behind a bad offensive line. Jacoby Brissett will now become the starter something he has done in the past but the Colts also added veteran Brian Hoyer (Patriots) as insurance. Other additions include WR Devin Funchess (Panthers) and Justin Houston (Chiefs).
Jacksonville Jaguars - It's been pretty quite in Duval County but They did bring in Nick Foles (Eagles) after years of Blake Bortles (Rams) and recently signed Devine Ozigbo (Saints) and Keelan Doss (Raiders) as they were both recently cut in the aftermath of the 53 man roster cuts and both have a chance to come in and contribute sooner rather than later.
Tennessee Titans - The Titans welcome back team leader Delanie Walker who suffered a season ending injury last season and brought in quarterback competition for Marcus Mariota in Ryan Tennehill (Dolphins). The Titans also drafted AJ Brown and added Adam Humphries (Bucs) to help improve the lowly passing game. Cameron Wake (Dolphins) will add a pass rusher to go alongside with Jurrell Casey.
Denver Broncos - After years of post Manning quarterback misses the Broncos went out and got a veteran proven signal caller in Joe Flacco (Ravens), who instantly upgrades the offense and second year wide outs Coutland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. Emmanuel Sanders has looked good in limited preseason action as he makes his way back from injury. On defense they added Kareem Jackson (Texans) to make up for the loss of Bradley Roby.
Kansas City Chiefs - The leagues top offense added several key pieces including rookie speedster Mecole Hardman (Draft) to already the fastest offense in the league and reuniting coach Andy Reid with his former back in Philly LeSean McCoy (Bills). McCoy will be 1B to Damien Williams to start the season but worth monitoring to see if he begins to gain more snaps and/or touches and the weeks go on. Williams has done well with opportunity but the Chiefs did bring in Carlos Hyde (Traded), Darwin Thompson (Drafted) and now McCoy. The Chiefs also lost Dee Ford (Niners) but quickly added Frank Clark (Seahawks) and Alex Okafor (Saints) to improve a great pass rush that already has Chris Jones.
Los Angeles Chargers - The big news right now is the absence of Melvin Gordon who won't play without a new contract and a Charger brass the refuses to meet the demands of their start running back. As of now it looks like those duties will be split between Austin Ekeler and Justin Justin who have done so in the past filling in for Gordon while he was injured. The Chargers were able to add C Mike Pouncey (Dolphins) previously and improve they interior line play. On defense they added Thomas Davis (Panthers) who will bring a veteran presence and steady tackle numbers, but the loss of Derwin James for the first half of the season leaves a giant hole in which they hope Nasir Adderley may be able to fill.
Oakland Raiders - Viva Las Vegas, the Raiders tore this roster apart and are in the midst of rebuilding it, what was once one of the oldest rosters has quickly become one of the young ones. That however hasn't stopped the Raiders from adding veterans. Derek Carr threw for 4000 yards last season throwing basically to Jared Cook alone, now he has Mr. Big Chest Antonio Brown (Steelers), Tyrell Williams (Chargers) and Darren Waller (Ravens) as options to go along with rookies Hunter Renfrow and Josh Jacobs. On defense they brought in vets Vontaze Burfict (Bengals) and Lamarcus Joyner (Rams) to help a young defense.
Stay tuned as I bring the NFC to you a little bit later as plenty of faces have found new places as we kick off the 2019 season.